Assistant Professor, University of Colorado-Boulder
Rebecca Safran is fascinated by the inter-relationships among different levels of biological organization. One strong focus is how animal behaviour is linked to population biology in a given ecological and evolutionary context. Research in her group is aimed at understanding effects of sexual selection and communication on population structure, reproductive isolation and speciation. Approaches include field work, laboratory analyses and modeling which integrate functional, mechanistic and evolutionary study using the barn swallow species complex as models. Becca holds an NSF CAREER (National Science Foundation Early Career Development) award that supports her ground-breaking work on barn swallows.